It is being reported that President Trump will pardon former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby.
Per Fox News:
President Trump is reportedly prepared to pardon Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney.
Trump has already signed off on the pardon for Libby, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in 2007, according to ABC News.
Libby was ensnared in the investigation into who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, a former CIA operative.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 13, 2018
And, via Associated Press:
Libby, Cheney’s former chief of staff, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame. President George W. Bush later commuted Libby’s 30-month prison sentence, but didn’t issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney. No one was ever charged for the leak.
Since then, the Libby case has been criticized by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel. Another twist is that the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. Comey later became head of the FBI, but was fired by Trump, and has since written a book highly critical of the president.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Friday declined to confirm Trump’s plans for a pardon.
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Still, she said, “many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok.” Asked if a pardon was about Comey, Conway said no.
According to the report, this is the third pardon issued by Trump during his 16-month presidency as he pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and a U.S. Navy soldier.
President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, an AP source says. https://t.co/NImccuvkRs
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 13, 2018
Here’s even more, per ABC News:
Libby was convicted in 2007 of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in the investigation into the leak of the identity of Valerie Plame, a former covert CIA operative. Then-President George Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month sentence, sparing him prison time, but didn’t pardon him.
After Libby claimed that he couldn’t have been the source of the leak, multiple people came forward to testify that they learned of Plame’s identity from Libby prior to when Libby said he had first received the information.
At trial, Libby claimed to have simply forgotten he actually learned about the identity from Cheney a month before he said he had.
Since the conviction, Libby has since had his law license restored and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell restored his voting rights in 2013.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) April 13, 2018
Here’s White House counsel Kellyanne Conway on the pardon:
Amid reports Pres. Trump is poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Kellyanne Conway says “Many people think that Scooter Libby was a victim of a special counsel gone amok.” https://t.co/AKRYx5xQNw pic.twitter.com/b1thRVreBe
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 13, 2018